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Noel Thomas - Farewell Old Friend.

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Noel's very close friend advised me by email this morning of Noel's passing. I'm sure he won't mind me quoting parts of his message.

I have the sad duty of informing everyone that Noel passed away during his operation for Esophageal Cancer. His time of death was 1810 hours Saturday, Thai time. Noel was a good man and an extremely close friend to me who will be sadly missed by many people. His family has been informed already, so now I am sending this message to a list of email addresses Noel provided me prior to surgery.

I was with Noel the afternoon/evening before his surgery in his hospital room together with his girlfriend Wan and my girlfriend. Noel continued to display his usual humour and wit right till the end. To the uninformed one would never have guessed Noel was fighting Cancer such was his indomitable strength of character. Even during the months leading up to the operation not once was Noel heard to moan or groan about his condition. He did what he always did in the five years I am proud to call him a friend and faced any adversity head on with utter determination to succeed. Regretfully this time it was not to be.

Had Noel survived the operation the Surgeon said he would have had between 3-6 months left to live and his quality of life would have been extremely unpleasant. Unfortunately Noel was not given this choice. Noel never once put himself first, first and foremost was his concern for those around him and how they were coping with his condition such was his remarkable and unique character.

My condolences to you all, I am quite sure that Noel made an impression on each and everyone one of you.

Edited by Mobi D'Ark

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I also received the email and I felt honoured that Noel had added me to the list of recipients. He was a very fine man and his passing has caused me very great sadness. The tears are streaming down my face as I type. Yes Farewell old friend.

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that is very sad news. My condolences to his loved ones/

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It's always sad, but more so when it is someone that is held in such high regard by his friends, and it's obvious Noel was..

My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

totster

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Our condolences and I am sure I speak for the entire community.

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Sad news indeed. I met Noel for the first time last year about this time frame. It was at the "2005 JAIDEE APPEAL JW DRUNKATHOLON: IN MEMORY OF AOM" to raise money for the Camillian Centre, a home for children with HIV/AIDS. Some of you may remember the "dying girlfriend" thread last year. Noel was the person behind the scenes who took care of Aom and got her into the Camillian Centre. He was a great and wonderful man and will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

Indeed, remarkably, he seemed able to keep his sense of humor thru it all and with that I think he wouldn't mind if I share an email he sent to me to "explain" his condition.

September 22nd Noel wrote:

"I have to admit to having been rather preoccupied for the past few weeks.

No easy way to tell you this, but I have the Big 'C'.

No, I have not bought a superstore chain; I have a large malignant tumour in my oesophagus.

I had three days of intensive chemotherapy last week at Bumrungrad and today was my fifth day of irradiation. I will be having daily Star Wars sessions five days per week for the next three weeks. Following that, I will have another four days of chemo.

Then it will be the op soon after.

They will completely remove my oesophagus, tumour et al. They will then use part of my stomach to replace the oesophagus. It is something of a major procedure as they have to go in via my neck, through the ribs and also open up the stomach. I am happy to say that the surgeon has granted my request to be asleep when all this goes on.

Oh well, nobody said life should be easy and I am doing my best to keep my sense of tumour. ;-)

So now my campaign to conquer the crab has begun in earnest and I am determined to beat it."

He put up the good fight but unfortunately it was not to be. RIP.

Edited by Ken

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My sincere condolences. As reflected by the above, he had a great sense of humour.

RIP Noel.

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i'm sorry to hear this.

My respect and condolences to those he left behind.

Noel, may you be in a happier place.

rest in peace sweet soul,

Kayo

edit: removed one minor curse of surprise

Edited by kayo

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